Washington Nationals Series Preview: Nats Head to Boston for Interleague Clash With Red Sox

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Apr 10, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Gio Gonzalez (0-1, 4.26 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (0.0, 3.38 ERA)

Miley will be making his second career start for the Red Sox. He spent the first four years of his career with Arizona before being traded to Boston during the offseason. While with the Diamondbacks, Miley compiled a 38-35 record while posting a FIP in the upper threes. He’s been durable, pitching close to 200 innings every full season that he’s spent in the majors, but he’s struggled with allowing baserunners.

In his first start with the Red Sox, Miley earned a no decision in what turned out to be a 19-inning game against the Yankees. Miley went 5.1 innings with two earned runs on four hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. He’ll feature both a four-seam and two-seam fastball, with average velocity in the low 90’s, as well as a slider and a change-up.

Gio, on the other hand, is coming off a loss to the Phillies in his first start, a game in which he gave up three earned runs over 6.1 innings. Gonzalez threw 95 pitches in the outing, allowing five hits and walking four. While he didn’t get much help from the offense, Gio didn’t do much to help his own case, either. He struggled with control, allowing five hits and walking four.

Advantage: Draw. Both pitchers can struggle with control at times, and neither is likely to be completely dominant. Of the three game series, this one looks the least likely to be a pitcher’s duel.

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